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hutch0
Date: 2008-05-31 01:01
Subject: the prime minister is calling
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:regina spektor
Okay, so I caught my second wind tonight, although how long it's going to last is anyone's guess, and the most alarming news item of the day has been that Gordon Brown has been phoning members of the public who have written to him. This is genuinely scary stuff. For those of you on the other side of the village pond, I invite you to entertain a scenario where you get really pissed off with something The Monkey King has done and you write to the White House about it, and a couple of weeks later the phone rings (although probably not quite as early as it would if Gordon were calling you) and there's Dubya on the other end of the line. What do you get? Maybe thirty seconds, a minute if you're lucky, to get your ducks in a row before the leader of your country's on the other end of the line and you have to make your pitch. I defy anyone to do anything but babble like a maniac in a situation like that.
It almost tempts me to write to Number Ten, but Gordon is a famous early-riser, if indeed he sleeps at all, and I'm not usually functional before about three in the afternoon, so in lifestyle terms alone a great gulf separates us and Gordon and I will have to remain forever out of touch. There's a whiff of desperation about this story. More than a whiff. Gordon is in real trouble, mortal trouble, and he's sanctioning public relations stuff which probably feels like weasels tearing his flesh in order to seem cuddly and approachable. Which he is not.
I don't know what he has left in his ganderbag for the next election, but in my own personal opinion Gordon is going to have to pull off a bona fide miracle to win next time. I mean, a miracle on the order of raising the dead or curing lepers or making the lame walk. The man is doomed, and he knows it, and he has no idea how to turn things around. This must be one of the most remarkable reversals in British political history, and it's sort of fun to watch, until you remember how high the stakes are.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-05-31 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Goodness, Mr. Hutchinson, but you’d complain if you were hung with a new rope.

Regarding Mr. Brown responding directly to people who write him: Maybe, just maybe, he’s attempting to do his job. Maybe, just maybe, such conversations will inform his future decision-making. (But then, politicos would whine about him flip-flopping on issues.) Maybe, just maybe, those who have written to him will feel like they’ve actually been heard by their own government. Maybe, just maybe, those who write to him will take a moment to organize their points on the off-chance that they may get to say some more to someone who can do something about it.

Regarding it being merely about re-election: He’s a career politician, for goodness sake; of course he’s got his eye on the next election. It’s the nature of the beast. If this doesn’t get him re-elected, then it’s done nothing but open up conversation. If it does get him re-elected, then such a policy was effective in him becoming more of the people’s choice than he is now. Isn’t that how democracy is supposed to work?

Call me Pollyanna if you like. Just remember, Pollyanna was right all along AND she saved the town.

As to the posting of your circadian rhythms: TMI. ;-}

Love to Bogna and the cats,
-- Jean, the usual anonymous poster
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-31 22:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The consensus of opinion is that if things were going well for Gordon, none of this telephoning would be going on. He's not that kind of person. He wasn't doing it last year; it's just a cynical ploy to make it look as if he's listening to our pain. I agree it's a great thing to do, and all politicians should do it, but in this case it's just PR.
And, okay, I won't post my circadian rhythms any more. How about my salsa rhythms?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-05-31 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm clear that it's just PR. Politicians are like that. They claim they are public servants, then put their energies into "being political." Then, when they do decide to do a little public service, cynics go crazy.

It doesn’t really matter who is in power anyway. It only affects the order of events that contribute to the destruction of the old world order. The old world order is being swept away; a new one in its stead. Get used to it; it’s inevitable. Enough soapboxing.

I don't know about your salsa rhythms, but according to several people, I kicked musical butt at my concert/dance last night. Well, that's not quite true. On my last featured improv of the evening (in a simple son montuno, ARGH!) I derailed ending up sounding more like Thelonius Monk than Eddie Palmieri. That is not a good thing when playing in a latin ensemble. We've got another gig next Friday at the Cayauga Vault in Santa Cruz. Redemption is a slim possibility. Wish me luck.

- the usual anonymous poster
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-31 23:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We go crazy because he's not really listening; he's being seen to be listening because that's been one of the major criticisms of him recently - that he's out of touch and doesn't care about ordinary people.
I suddenly saw this old/new world order stuff from another angle. It seems to me that there's no such thing, just a `present' world order, just as there's no `yesterday' and `tomorrow,' just a constant present.
There's no shame in sounding like Thelonius Monk, in my book. You'll kick butt again next week, you wait and see.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-06-01 00:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There is just a constant present. Very zen. That's progress, grasshopper.

If I had intended to sound like Thelonius Monk (or probably Mcmoy Tyner more accurately), that would have been fine. However, it having been a complete fup duck on my part, it didn't count in jazz heaven. I'll get over it.

-the usual anonymous poster
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-01 00:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Everything counts in jazz heaven.
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